Today on Must Love Books we have a very special guest! And that guest is:
Keep reading to hear more about MaryLu and the awesome books that she writes!
1. Welcome to Must Love Books. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
The series follows the adventures of a group of colonists who flee the war-raged Southern States after the Civil War and immigrate to Brazil where they hope to set up a Southern Utopia. Forsaken Dreams, Book 1, tells the tale of their journey to Brazil and the love story of two passengers, Eliza and Grant, who must overcome their bitterness from loss and the war in order to find love. Book 2, Elusive Hope, is the story of two more colonists, a con man and a spoiled Southern Belle who are thrown together as they journey through the jungle to Rio de Janeiro. Both of them are harboring secrets that could destroy the other one. They encounter strange happenings along the way–eerie mists, visions, even wolves–but something even stranger happens during their trek. They fall in love.
Hayden Gale, the hero in the story. He’s a man’s man who knows how to take care of himself and his lady. He’s smart, handsome, resourceful and brave. Yet he’s also kind and caring and deeply wounded by the rejection and abandonment of his father. I love writing these complex characters because you really never know what they are going to do. 🙂
Making it sound genuine and real. I don’t want it to come across hokey or cartoonish because the war we are all involved in is very real and very powerful. Having experienced this type of warfare in my own life, I feel led to attempt to share with others the things I have seen and learned.
In a culture where so many non-believers are obsessed with the dark side of the supernatural,things such as zombies and warewolves and vampires, I wanted to show that there’s a light side to the spiritual realm as well, We are all involved in a battle of good vs. evil whether we want to admit it or not. The bad side gets lots of press. The good side gets mocked. I feel as a Christian writer, it is my duty to pull back the veil of eternity and give readers a glimpse of the battle and show the power they have in the name of Jesus to win that battle on a daily basis.
My very first novel, The Redemption, will always be my favorite! For a number of reasons, one I had so much fun writing it because at the time I had no expectations it would ever get published, and two, the heroine’s journey mirrors my own search for that unconditional father’s love and the value and purpose that can only come from God. Besides, what’s not to like about a Christian Pirate?!
I like both! I have a Kindle and it’s great to carry hundreds of books with me wherever I go. But I must admit, I do love the feel of a book in my hand, and I prefer to have real copies of my favorite books.
Charleston, South Carolina!! Wow, what a cool city! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend you stay in a hotel down in the historic district and take some tours down the old cobblestone streets and into the beautiful homes and parks that have been there for centuries! There’s even an old dungeon where they used to keep pirates!
I desperately want to visit Israel before the Lord takes me home. Maybe one of these days!